BSA Aviation Day 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

When is this event?

The date of the event is March 25, 2023. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center and classes begin at 9 a.m. Classes and activities will conclude by 5 p.m.

Where is this event?

North Carolina Transportation Museum

1 Samuel Spencer Dr

Spencer, N.C. 28159


What does this event include?

This event includes:

● Hands-on aviation activities facilitated by museum educators to complete the Aviation
Merit Badge
● A 25-minute ride around the museum on our historic train
● Experience a ride on the 1924 turntable, the centerpiece of railroad operations at the
largest remaining roundhouse in North America
● Museum scavenger hunt
● Free time to explore the museum
● Flag raising/lowering
● Hot dog lunch

How much does this event cost?
  • Registration costs $35.10 with tax and handling fees per scout or adult.
  • The registration deadline is March 17, 2023.
What's the schedule of the event?

Check-in is from 8:00-8:30 a.m. at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center.
Saturday morning starts with a flag-raising ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Scouts will be assigned to morning or afternoon class sessions, train rides, lunch at the picnic shelters, and time to explore the museum.

How do I register?

You can register by clicking this link https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/5334178/scouts-bsa-aviation-day-spencer-north-carolina-transportation-museum. Payment must be received no later than March 17, 2023. Please make checks out to NCTMF. Checks can be mailed to:

N.C. Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC 28159
Attn: June Hall

Can we camp onsite?

Onsite camping is not available for BSA Aviation Day.

There are a variety of campgrounds within a short drive of the N.C. Transportation Museum:
● Carolina Rose Campground- Salisbury, NC
● Cross Winds Family Campground- Linwood, NC
● Dan Nicholas Park Campground- Salisbury, NC
● Golden Pond Campground- Salisbury, NC
● High Rock Marina and Campground- Lexington, NC
● Tamarac Marina Campground- Salisbury, NC

Can Cub Scouts attend?

No.  We have a separate event for Cub Scouts, please visit www.nctransportationmuseum.org for additional details.  An exception is Arrow of Light scouts who are associated with a Scouts BSA troop.  They may take part in this event with their troop. 

What about younger siblings?
No, except for special circumstances. Please contact us for more information.
What about food?

Hot dog lunch with chips, dessert, and drink is provided. It is recommended to bring morning and afternoon snacks along with water bottles. Additional hot dogs can be purchased at $2.50 each. 

What if it rains?
This event will be held rain or shine. Most activities are indoors, but there is walking between buildings.  Please dress for the weather.
Are scouts allowed in the gift shop?
The Gift Station will be open to all visitors, including scouts, from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday.  The Gift Station has a variety of scouting merchandise.
Where and when do we check in?

Check-in is Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center adjacent to the parking lot.

What do we need to bring for the merit badge workshop?

● A printed merit badge worksheet for each scout
● A pen or pencil for each scout

What requirements will be taught?

Scouts BSA Rail Day covers everything required to earn the Aviation Merit Badge. Some requirements, such as riding a train, will be covered during your free time. Your troop will rotate through five 25-minute classes:

Class Requirement
Intro to Aviation and Pilot Certifications 1 a,e
How Airplanes Work 1 b,c,d
All About Instrumentation 2 e,f
Flying Without Leaving the Ground 3 b
Careers in Aviation 5
Aviation Facilities (not a class) 4c
Does someone at the museum sign scouts’ Blue Books to earn their merit badge?

The museum does not sign Blue Books, but sometimes we have a volunteer who will sign them. This information will be provided at check-in. If this service is not available, your council can provide a list of merit badge counselors who will sign off on the worksheets completed during Aviation Day.

When do we get our event patches?
When you check-in at the Barber Junction Visitor Center. Each adult and scout attending receives an event patch.
What are the uniform requirements?
We do not have any uniform requirements. Most troops wear Class A uniforms, and some wear Class Bs. Dressing appropriately for the weather is important since most classes are in unheated buildings.
What is the refund policy?

We do not offer refunds or exchanges unless Scouts BSA Aviation Day itself is canceled or rescheduled due to weather or COVID-19.

If Scouts BSA Aviation Day is canceled, we will offer an alternative date. We will offer refunds for 30 days after the alternative date is announced; after that, we cannot give refunds.

Additional Questions?

Please contact June Hall at june.hall@ncdcr.gov or 980-305-6274 or Karen Bryant at karen.bryant@nctransportationmuseum.org or 980-305-6282 (Tuesday and Wednesday only).